|DESCRIPTION||Makore heartwood varies from pinkish-red to blood red and red-brown. Grain is usually straight, but many logs have a decorative moire pattern, or mottled, or even dark streaks. It's texture is uniform and fine. The wood is lustrous.
Weight is about 39lbs per cu. ft.
|BOTANICAL NAME||Tieghemella Heckelii|
|OTHER NAMES||Agamokwe, African Cherry, Baku, Douka, Dumori|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness and resistance to shock. Heartwood is suitable for moderate steam bending, however sapwood will buckle.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||Severe blunting of cutters due to silica content. Below 20% moisture content, carbide saw blades are required. Tends to split in nailing, but holds screws well. Glues and stains satisfactorily. Excellent finish is obtained if filler is used.|
|DURABILITY||Very durable. Sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder post beetle. Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatment, sapwood is moderately resistant.|
|SEASONING||Dries rapidly, but tends to twist or split around knots, otherwise little degradation. Small movement.|
|USES||Furniture, cabinetwork, turning, high-class joinery, interior fittings, lab benches, marine plywood, decorative veneers.|
|COMMENTS||Liable to blue stain if in contact with iron compounds in moist conditions.|